The other day I get a call from the used car dealer where I bought my Jeep. He says it is being reported as stolen as a result of an auction scam.
Apparently A Subaru dealer in Texas took the car on a trade in. They then gave it to auction to be sold. that is where my used car dealer bought this vehicle. I then bought the vehicle. After getting the clear Texas title in the mailing I proceeded to modify my jeep as any good jeep owner usually does. The Subaru dealer has reported the vehicle as stolen from them because the Auction never gave them there money. I called the Subaru dealer, I was told if I gave them 2500 bucks they will take it off the list. What the crap is that???? I can now not drive my jeep for the risk of getting pulled over for a stolen vehicle. Now I have the Title, I have the bill of sale, I have the registration. The police Dept. will not take it off the stolen list. Now what guys? Any help out there? Any Lawyers out there????
Yea I did,
They are not willing to fess anything up or make anything right. They are in the same boat as me as far as purchasing the vehicle in good faith. Now the kicker is the auction was unlicensed, so both dealership have dealt with an unlicensed auction.
The dealerships are liable under those circumstances. You will have a hell of a hassle, but... First thing to do is go to the police, show them your records and tell then your story. Since you didn't buy it at the auction, you shouldn't have any issue. After that, call up the dealership, tell them you know it was a mistake, and they have 24 hours to make it right, and if they don't, you'll be filing suit, not just against the dealership, but against the owners, salespeople, the auctioneer, etc. Then actually go to a lawyer and do just that.
They know they're liable, they're just trying to get you to swallow the bill for their stupidity.
Get a Lawyer....Get a lawyer....sue everyone involved, it is the only way to get yourself off the hook....it's just like "Dendrophobe" said.....but get a lawyer and that way everything you do is documented and the case is filed in a court of law.
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If you see a moderatly modified red XJ driving around that's me! lol. I am a bit south of that base. If you are staying in Maryland for a while, you should look at hardrockcrawlers.org, it's the local club (I'm not a member yet)
I hope you get it all worked out soon enough. You should post the name of the subaru dealership, so that people here know not to buy from them.
Yea I have not gone down the road of bad mouthing the dealership yet but I am going to have to do something soon. Well when this or if this all gets sorted out I plan on getting the jeep out for the weekend. I'll let you know. I saw the website and looks like these guys have there stuff together. I am only running thirty ones so I can't get into all the hardcore stuff but at least it is a place to talk Jeep for a bit.
This sounds more like a 'civil court' issue between the Subaru dealer and the auction company. The car was never 'stolen'. Subaru signed it over to the the auction, who sold it to the car dealer, who sold it to you so its yours... It doesnt sound like your problem at all to me.
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